Meet Mike

Our Southport driving instructor and driving instructor trainer

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Mike Joined us back in January 2016 and it’s hard to think of life without him as part of our team now! In his first week with us Mike managed to get an amazing 4 passes, well and truly making his mark and over the next 2 years he’s gathered over 70 passes!

Mike was the winner of our ADI of the year 2016 and second place in 2017 missing out by just 1 single pass!

Mike has been an instructor since 2000 and currently teach’s in a BMW Mini Cooper 1.2 turbo. Mike is a great, natural teacher and he’s responsible for teaching our trainee instructors for their part 3 driving instructor exam – another job he excel’s at!

Currently Mike has taken it upon himself to explore something he has always been interested in – sign language with the hope to being able to bring an extra skill into his teaching and help people learn to drive with hearing difficulties.

Mike currently covers Ormskirk and all areas of Southport.

We asked Mike a few questions!

When & Why did you become a driving instructor?
Been a driving instructor for about 14 years. I Decided to do it because of the love of Driving and my undeniable patience haha!

What did you do before you qualified as an ADI?
Before qualifying as a driving instructor I worked in a Casino.

Tell us something about yourself that nobody knows.
As if I’d tell you something that no one knows ha ha. But for my 50th birthday year I want to do all 4 tennis grand slams

You’re currently learning sign language – how’s it going and do you hope to be able to branch out and teach people with hearing problems how to drive?
Sign language is always something I’ve been interested in and with the help of the boss I hope it’s something we can bring into the company to give equal opportunity to hard of hearing people.

If you could tell yourself anything when you where learning to drive, what would it be?
I’d tell myself not to wave at people I know on my test. It ends up with a fail haha

Did you pass first time?
3rd time 🙂 haha

Favourite lesson and why?
I taught a lad from Pakistan and I learnt some of his language to help him relax. He passed first time and I’m still in touch with him to this day.

Worst lesson and why?
Giving Stuart a lesson for Liam’s part 3. I felt awful. But think it made Stu a better driver haha.

There’s been a bit of a debate lately about what test centre is easier, what’s you take on it. Where is easier to pass your test – Norris Green or Southport?
No test centre is easier. Just different.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watching Walking dead, American horror story and most of all, Big Bang Theory.
Oh and eating chocolate :))

That all makes me sound like a nerd! 🙂

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